Celebrity Stoners Becoming the Norm

Salon essayist: A new, welcome openness is in vogue
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2011 3:26 PM CST
Updated Feb 19, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Lady Gaga performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Marijuana's never been exactly taboo in pop culture, but "it seems we've reached a new level of openness about a recreational—and, in most places and circumstances, illegal—indulgence that lots of people enjoy regularly," writes Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon. In the last week alone, Kevin Smith publicly thanked Seth Rogen for turning him into a productive, creative stoner, and Lady Gaga told 60 Minutes she indulges while writing.

This is a good trend, writes Williams. "There remains something ridiculous about not being able to open a magazine or turn on a television without being bombarded with ads for alcohol and prescription drugs, while the government continues to wage a 'drug war' on something you can grow in your yard." So brace yourself, America. Not everyone turns into Charlie Sheen. "Sometimes famous people just smoke a little weed and they don't even develop a substance abuse problem or go to jail. Crazier still, this happens all the time to regular folks as well." Click for the full column.

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